This Latvian real estate web site has daily postings come up for recently vacated apartments, but the more affordable ones in a good location are claimed rapidly (by some accounts, typically no more than a half hour). It is a very competetive market, and aside from hiring a web-sitter to respond to any new listings that match my terms (or writing some software to do it), how can I increase my chances of getting a deal? Does anyone have any good alternative approaches to securing housing in other big cities that might apply here?
As a background note: I am planning on living and studying in Latvia with my girlfriend's family in several months. I suppose staying with them while we look for a place is an option, but then again that doesn't really solve my problem. Being in Latvia wouldn't increase my odds any, would it?